There’s a simple joy to someone reading you a story. It’s like being a child again. 

Of course, most of us here were twisted children who liked darker tales. The tales no parent in their right mind would tell a child at bedtime. 

But that’s okay, we’re grown-ups now. So we can tuck ourselves into bed with some spiked hot chocolate, and enjoy the Simply Scary podcasts.

This podcast series encompasses three shows. The flagship, Simply Scary, isn’t around anymore. It’s morphed into Chilling Tales for Dark Nights. This same creative team brings us Otis Jiry’s Scary Stories Told in the Dark.

The name isn’t the only thing that’s referencing the wildly popular Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark. The cover uses a similar color pattern and style. I am totally fine with that. 

Scary Stories Told in the Dark cover

This is the podcast to listen to if you love original stories from writers who are just as twisted as we are. And it starts strong. The very first episode includes a story called The Odd Kids. Alabama seems like the sort of place you’d find some weird children hanging out in the woods, and that’s exactly what happened. What happened after that defied all of my expectations.

The production value of these stories is spot on. The sound effects and music are wonderfully eerie. The voice actors are exceptional. And the hosts are a creepy delight. Otis is a personal favorite of mine. Not just because he sounds like Norm Macdonald (may he rest in peace). But because he reminds me of the uncle who teaches you dirty jokes and scary stories to get back at his older siblings for scaring the hell out of him as a child. 

I have yet to listen to an episode of any of these podcasts that weren’t, well, simply scary. We find prophetic tattoos, psychotic mean girls, and haunted junk that should have been left on the side of the world.

By the way, if you want a little more of a chatty true crime podcast, you should check out my last review.

These podcasts are, as far as I can tell, meant for adults. But that doesn’t stop me from feeling like a child when I listen to these, in the best way possible. So curl up, grab your headless doll, and let’s listen to a simply scary story. 

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)